Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management

First Advisor

Leah Keino

Second Advisor

Beverly Kruempel

Third Advisor

Jan Flora

Abstract

This dissertation focused on consensus building and learning partnerships between researchers and practitioners aimed at improving the lives of older people. A series of three papers used an exploratory qualitative approach to describe the application of innovative methods that bridge the gap between research and practice in three case studies. Three research questions guided these case studies: (1) What joint perspectives and recommendations emerge when participants in community-based participatory research partnerships reach consensus about issues that impact the lives of older people?, (2) What role does learning play in community-based participatory research partnerships involving researchers and practitioners?, and (3) How do the experiences of the participants in the CITRA research-to-practice consensus workshop compare to adult learning practice, and how does adult learning theory describe their experiences?;These papers (1) describe the planning and implementation of the studies, (2) report the recommendations resulting from them, and (3) frame the studies within the context of adult learning theory and practice. Taken together, these papers generated the proposition that participants in the consensus workshops and appreciative inquiry made recommendations for policy, practice and research in areas of critical importance to the improvement of aging services. Evidence was also provided to support the proposition that participants engaged in the acquisition of valuable new knowledge and skills that resulted in a transformation of their meaning schemes and frames of reference.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16927

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Rhoda Helton Meador

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI3316243

OCLC Number

271349545

ISBN

9780549688914

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

199 pages

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